Do you Need Sales Training or Packaging Training?

| June 25, 2019

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A lot of interesting questions appear in our inbox at The Packaging School. This week, one in particular caught our attention: Should I be focusing on training my sales people to better understand packaging? Or should I be focusing on training my packaging people to be better at understanding sales? It's an interesting dilemma, and Dr. Andrew Hurley from The Packaging School is here to give you his thoughts on this issue.

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Doris and Don Fisher opened the first Gap store in 1969. The reason was simple. Don couldn’t find a pair of jeans that fit. They never expected to transform retail. But they did. Guided by humility, compassion and a strong desire to win, the Fishers grew their company thoughtfully. Customers responded.

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